Shredding through the paperwork – Ascent Group CEO Peter Westbrook, left, and Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall working on the production line last week during an announcement for a $219,000 to upgrade the amenities for employees at Ascent’s Acacia Park base in Armidale.
Tuesday, 1 June 2021
THE incredible work of the Ascent Group to support those living with a disability will soon flow to a greater number of people, with Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall today announcing a $219,000 State Government grant to provide new amenities at the organisation’s work centre in Armidale.
Mr Marshall said the funding was secured through the NSW Crown Land Manager Recovery Support Program.
“Ascent is a community-based disability service provider that administers support for more than 200 people with disabilities in the Armidale region, as a registered National Disability Insurance Scheme provider,” Mr Marshall said.
“This grant will allow a full bathroom renovation its workshop and office located at Acacia Industrial Park, including the replacement of old bathrooms, showers and toilets that have been in place since 1981 and have reached the end of their life.
“Tiling, wall and ceiling linings will be replaced as well as bathroom, plumbing, drains, and electrical and light fittings.
“This site provides supported employment and training for up to 60 people, including people with disabilities, and staff.
“Completion of the amenities upgrade will provide modern, safe and healthy facilities for all at the site.”
Work will be done progressively across the male and female facilities, to ensure the centre’s operations can continue during the project.
Ascent Group Australia Limited CEO Peter Westbrook said the upgraded amenities would service local disability support operations.
“As well as NDIS support services, we employ local people with disabilities, including through a digital print business, a secure document destruction service, car washing, and lawn mowing and ground maintenance services for the local community,” Mr Westbrook said.
The Crown Land Manager Recovery Support Program was established to help local communities recover from the impacts of COVID-19.